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9591Re: What hand-held Flare Gun was installed in a M4A1 Sherman Tank in WWII?

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  • Richard Senzig
    Feb 14, 2013
      Hello Joe,

      The tank is a Canadian Grizzly M4A1 Sherman that is being restored as a WWII US Sherman. There is a metal bracket inside the rear of the turret near the radio set that looks like a holder for a pistol case. We assume that it is for a flare pistol. The parts manual states that a M4 Flare Launcher was kept in the command tank.

      Best regards, Rick

      --- In G104@yahoogroups.com, "Joe DeMarco" wrote:
      > Hi Rick,
      > There's no mention of a flare gun in the On Vehicle Materials lists in the various US Tech Manuals.
      > A 1944 TM lists 12 flares in a box over the battery box.
      > Is your friend's a British or Canadian M4A1? They may have added a flare gun to their OVM.
      > Or perhaps you are you thinking of the 2 inch Smoke Mortar?
      > The Brits requested that, & it was factory & depot installed in the turret starting around Fall 1943.
      > Most crews found it to be in the way, so that it was ordered removed in 1945.
      > Joe
      > --------------------------------------------------
      > From: "Richard Senzig"
      > Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:35 PM
      > To:
      > Subject: [G104] What hand-held Flare Gun was installed in a M4A1 Sherman
      > Tank in WWII?
      > > Hello,
      > >
      > > I am helping a friend restore a WWII M4A1 Sherman Tank and we need to know
      > > which model of flare gun was standard equipment on that tank. Does anyone
      > > know or have a photo of a flare pistol installed inside a WWII Sherman?
      > >
      > > Best regards, Rick
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